CAMPBELLTON (GNB) – A new school for students in kindergarten through Grade 8 will be built on Arran Street in Campbellton.

The $23.1-million school will be on the site of the old Memorial Gardens arena.

“This investment will ensure that our schools continue to meet the needs of current and future students,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny. “Your government is committed to helping our students succeed, and modern infrastructure will help us achieve the objectives in our 10-year education plans.”

The new school will accommodate about 360 students and will replace Campbellton Middle, Lord Beaverbrook, and Tide Head schools.

In addition to classrooms, the school will include music and art rooms, science labs, a performing arts room, gym, cafeteria, stage, multi-purpose rooms, and staff and administration spaces.

“We are continuing to invest in education so we can make New Brunswick the best place to raise a family,” said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault. “It is always encouraging to see new construction in our community, especially a school.”

Arseneault spoke on behalf of Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser.

A number of factors are taken into consideration when choosing a site for a new school, including community amenities, community school use, catchment area, accessibility of the site, available utilities, transportation strategies, natural site conditions and site size.

An investment of $500,000 for planning and design work was approved in the 2017-18 capital budget.

The school is expected to open in September of 2020.

About $88 million will be invested in New Brunswick schools in 2017-18.

The government’s 10-year education plans aim to improve educational outcomes and better prepare young people for the future. They set objectives in priority areas to create lifelong learners, support educational leaders and bring stability to the system.